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The single vineyard ‘Pioneer Block’ wines of Saint Clair require separate handling, the winery using 250 small tanks to manage this. The amount of detail for winemakers Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark and their team is considerable, but the result is a fascinating range of wines that express their origin and site. In essence Saint Clair is bottling ‘terroir’ for keen wine enthusiasts to ponder and enjoy. The quality per se of the ‘Pioneer Block’ wines has been extremely high as well, reflecting the identification of superior as well as individual vineyards by Saint Clair’s owner Neal Ibbotson.
Raymond Chan

Awards & Accolades

Pioneer Block 20 Cash Block Sauvignon Blanc 2009


  • Silver: NZ International Wine Show 2009
  • 4 Stars: Winestate Magazine Special Edition 2009


Top Ten Savvies 2009 “Concentrated and pure mineral, gooseberry, red capsicum, passionfruit, box hedge and subtle nettle flavours. Powerful wine with character and considerable length.”
Bob Campbell, MW Taste Magazine, February 2010

"Among St. Clair’s 2009 range of block Savvies, this is among the sweatiest, with pungent nettle and almost-asparagus notes on the nose. Yet on the palate, the wine is full-bodied, round and concentrated, with nectarine and honey elements punched up by bright herbal tones. Long and intense on the finish. Drink now."
Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Sept 2010